Wednesday, April 26, 2017



The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama is hosting its 75th Annual Conference May 4-7 at the Clearwater Beach Hilton Resort in Clearwater Beach, FL.  We invite your students to attend.  We encourage YOU to attend-educators who bring three students receive the student rush rate as well! A full day conference for $30!

The ASGPP is committed to supporting student education and professional growth.  In that spirit, we are offering to each of your students a drastically reduced daily registration rate of $30.  Students electing to attend this year’s conference should simply report to the conference registration desk on Friday, Saturday or Sunday and present their valid Student ID.  They may register for any workshop with remaining seats.

Our featured keynote speaker and workshop facilitator is Maria Sirois, PsyD,     Students joining us Saturday are encouraged to attend.

Dr. Maria Sirois is a psychologist and seminar leader who teaches internationally in the intersection of resilience and flourishing.  Known for her wisdom, authenticity and rampant humor, she brings invigorating practices and perspectives to business, community, religious, therapeutic and educational audiences alike. Sirois is the author of A Short Course in Happiness After Loss (And Other Dark, Difficult Times) and Every Day Counts. She co-leads a year-long certificate program in positive psychology.  The Art of Rising: Thriving While Treating Others Positive Psychology, as the study of human beings at their best, brings to us the science of thriving. So much good can be learned from the tools and principles of this science that nourish growth, happiness and contentment. Yet, as clinicians, coaches, caregivers, and guides, we are called to thrive while in the constant presence of suffering. To do our work well we must learn to not only move toward practices that lift us, but those that strengthen us and bring us closer to our authentic selves. This is the territory of resilience. In our conversation, we'll consider where the study of resilience and positivity intersect and explore approaches that engender flourishing as well as an increased capacity for calm, clarity, uplift and vitality.

Students joining us on Friday may attend our plenary address by Antonina Garcia, EdD, LCSW, RDT/BCT, TEP.  Nina Garcia trains psychodramatists internationally and is in private practice. She is co-author of Sociodrama: Who's in Your Shoes?. She teaches at NYU in the Drama Therapy Program. She is Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama. Nina is the recipient of the ASGPP JL Moreno Lifetime Achievement Award and the Gertrud Shatner Award for Lifetime Achievement from the North American Drama Therapy Association.

Questions should be directed to our Executive Director

Debbie Ayers 609-737-8500 or

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